California motorists were horrified after witnessing a man seemingly asleep at the wheel during heavy rush hour traffic Friday.
Video footage shows the vehicle traveling down the freeway in the San Francisco Bay Area.
The white Tesla is seen moving at a steady speed while a man appears to snooze with his head turned towards the driver’s side window.
Cruising under overpasses as various motorist breeze by him, the man remains in his own lane as the car’s autopilot seems to take control.
A man was seen apparently asleep at the wheel of a Tesla in the Bay Area, California on Friday
The man remains in his own lane as the car’s autopilot seems to take control
A person who filmed the alarming scene said: ‘Couldn’t believe it.. asleep in heavy Friday rush hour traffic in the Bay Area.’
Social media users who watched the clip as it went viral on Reddit asked if the person recording the incident tried to alert the tired driver by honking the horn.
‘We did, several times. It worked, but he fell back asleep,’ poster MiloWee replied.
While Tesla motors are capable of driving in autopilot, CEO Elon Musk said in February cars won’t have the capacity to ride driver-less until the end of this year.
A fellow motorist recorded him as other drivers whizzed by at rush hour
Speaking about cars of the future he said: ‘The car will be able to find you in a parking lot, pick you up and take you all the way to your destination without an intervention, this year. I would say I am of certain of that. That is not a question mark.’
While driver-less vehicles could help prevent crashes, the less developed autopilot played a major role in a fatal 2016 crash, according to the US National Transportation Safety Board.
But as far as catching some sleep, Musk said their autopilot would not be developed to account for that until 2020.
‘My guess as to when we would think it is safe for somebody to essentially fall asleep and wake up at their destination? Probably towards the end of next year,’ Musk told ARK Invest’s podcast. ‘That is when I think it would be safe enough for that.’
A Reddit user said he honked his horn several times but couldn’t get the driver’s attention